A commemorative coin to mark the forthcoming wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton has drawn further media attention to the Prince’s receding hairline. Many have been quick to point out that the engraved picture of the couple sees the future King sporting a much fuller head of hair than that seen in recent years at many public engagements.
Commenting on the release of the coin, the Daily Mail reported: “Kate, 29, looks somewhat toothy, while her 28-year-old fiancé has more hair on his head than has been suggested by recent photographs.”
Upon the release of a commemorative medal by the Birmingham mint in February, the newspaper had similar criticisms: “Prince William might have hoped he would look like this on his wedding day. But, with the best will in the world, it seems unlikely the 28-year-old will sport the full head of hair that he does on this medal designed to commemorate his marriage.”
It has also been pointed out that the image of Kate Middleton on this coin, and one released last year to commemorate their engagement, bears little resemblance to the future Queen. On the earlier coin, Prince William’s hair loss was also noticeable by its absence.
The £5 wedding coin features the couple looking at each other in profile, and was approved by the couple in question, as well as by Chancellor George Osborne, and the Queen.
While some might speculate that this new image of Prince William could indicate that he has sought hair loss treatment prior to the Royal wedding, it also seems entirely possible that it is the result of a little artistic licence on the part of the coin’s creator. It may also have been inspired by an earlier picture of the Prince, when his hair was fuller.
This is far from the first time Prince William’s hair has been in the news. Last October he was pictured saluting sailors at Faslane Naval Base, revealing significant hair loss after removing his hat.
Prince William’s hair loss
Prince William is thought to suffer from Male Pattern Baldness, the main form of genetic hair loss, which though more common in middle age, can affect men at any point from their 20s onwards.
Contrary to popular belief, Male Pattern Baldness can be passed down from either the mother or the father’s side of the family. In Prince William’s case, it seems that the hair loss condition has been inherited from the latter, as evidenced by the significant hair loss experienced by father Prince Charles and his uncle, Prince Edward.
How the Prince could reverse his hair loss
It is not known if the Prince has ever sought treatment for his hair loss condition, but if he were to do so then he would find a wide range of options open to him.
At the Belgravia Centre, we utilise a range of hair loss treatments – and we’re happy to treat anyone, royal or otherwise! The pharmaceutical hair re-growth products, Propecia and Minoxidil, have been scientifically proven to be effective in the treatment of Male Pattern Baldness, and are licensed for this purpose by the Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) in the UK. Propecia and Minoxidil have also been approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in the US.
However, for treatment to be effective, it is important to be tailored towards the specific hair loss experienced by the individual, and this is why our hair loss experts have so much success in treating genetic hair loss and a range of other conditions. As well as careful use of Propecia and Minoxidil, we employ a programme of close monitoring, hair loss products and clinical treatments aimed at optimising hair health, preventing further loss and promoting hair re-growth.